Annie K[ennedy] Bidwell


John Muir


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[4]the greater number would have omitted the “roughing”, which is the spirit of it, as only thus can the loveliest be seen. They spoke warmly of you, & rehearsed your sayings and doings until it seemed almost as if you were present. That grand illumination you gave us of the Silver firs, was admired to even your heart’s content, if Dr Gray did teaze you about it at the time! I received a precious little package of flowers from E. O. Pelton, Brownsville Yuba Co, a few days since. So some of the flowers were those promised me by Miss Peltham, I conclude Miss Peltham is Pelton, and I am mistaken in thinking you called her “Sarah”, and did not understand her name, when thinking it Peltham. I have written E. O. Pelton as if she really is the same I know. Hope it is not a mistake. Remember me cordially to Mrs Muir, whom I trust soon to meet. Can you not arrange to visit us this spring? [illegible], & believe me, as Ever, Yours Truly A.K.B.[at top page 1: P.S. This was not mailed o[illegible] to news recd of the dying of Henry Bidwell; and afterward because of the illness & death of Mrs Kennedy’s father. Dr Wayland was buried Wednesday of this week. Was ill two weeks with Pneumonia.Annie K. Bidwell][1]Rancho Chico Dec. 4th 1880 Dear Mr Muir.I owe you many apologies for not having returned you the pamphlet you so kindly lent me “for six months”, and not thanking you for the one so kindly sent me the past Summer, during my visit East. I was very sick before going East and could not then write you, and all Summer I hoped for time, but it came not, so many visits and calls had to be made. Mamma and I spent six weeks traveling! We visited Cape May, Newport, Boston, Pittsfield, Saratoga, Niagara Falls, Buffalo, Meadville [(Penna.)?] Lake George, and Ellenville N.Y. The latter place had been unknown to us, even by name, until we visited a dear friend there; so were amazed at the grand scenery, elegant drives, & delightful air. It is in sight of the Catskill Mount-


Rancho Chico, [Calif]

Date Original

1880 Dec 4


Original letter dimensions: 18 x 23 cm.

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